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(Bethany House June 1, 2008)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and eighteen novels, including Solemnly Swear, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Who was this woman who captured the heart of our country’s founder? She dreams of a quiet life with her beloved George, but war looms…
Though still a young woman, Martha Dandridge Custis was a wealthy, attractive widow and the mother of two small children with no desire to remarry. But when a striking war hero steps into her life, she realizes that she is ready to love again. She is courted by, then marries the French and Indian War hero.
Yet she wonders whether this man, accustomed to courageous military exploits, can settle down to a simple life of farming and being a father to her children. Even as she longs for domestic bliss, Martha soon realizes she will have to risk everything dear to her and find the courage to get behind a dream much larger than her own.
Her new life as Martha Washington took her through blissful times at Mount Vernon, family tragedies, six years of her husband’s absence during the Revolutionary War, and her position as a reluctant First Lady.
Known for moving first-person novels of Nannerl Mozart and Jane Austen, in Washington’s Lady, Nancy Moser now brings to life the loves and trials of the First First Lady of the United States.
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Many more years have passed than I would like to admit since I studied American History in high school. Historical fiction was always much more appealing to me because I was more interested in the people involved in the history and how they felt rather than mere dates and facts.I don’t remember very much about Martha Washington except for the fact that she was George’s wife and a portrait of her with white hair that made me think of a sweet, old grandmother. I remember very little more about George other than the hard, dry facts in the history books and the stories children are told about wooden teeth and cutting down the cherry tree as a boy.
In Washington’s Lady, I was able to see both Martha and George as living, breathing people – humans who loved and lost, laughed and wept, rejoiced and grieved. I learned the background history of their lives that formed them into the people they were. I saw Martha’s strength as she was able to overcome great loss and grief through her faith. Although very dependent upon George, Martha encouraged and supported George in everything he undertook. Their devotion to each other was so apparent. And, in Washington’s Lady, I was given a glimpse of the formation of our nation through the eyes and emotions of those who were there.
I would definitely recommend Washington’s Lady, especially to those who love historical fiction.
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